Quite a day ahead of us

Sunday around my house are reserved for watching sports…much like every other day, I just feel like things get started earlier so it takes up all day. Today, there are so many sporting events, I’m not sure I’ll be able to watch everything I want to.

Right now, Turkey and the Czech Republic are 14 minutes deep in an elimination contest in the European Championship. If they tie, it goes into a shootout, which is always fun…unless you’re emotionally involved somehow.  I’m taking the Czechs 2-1 in this one.

Then at 3:30, Tiger Woods tries to keep his lead after his Kirk Gibson-like performance on yesterday’s back nine. I’m just convinced that he’s no longer human.

At 4, USA takes on Barbados in the first of a home and home series in the first round World Cup Qualifying. If you don’t like soccer because they don’t score enough, tune into this game. USA should put in at least 4 and could get more if they play like they can.

Then at 7:30, the Celtics try to close out the Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. I probably won’t watch any of this since the Braves are on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, but maybe Weller will be home for that.

So call your Dad, grab the remote and enjoy the day. If you’re watching from Missouri like me, it’s raining anyway so stay inside.

NBA Finals – 2 Games In

After two games of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers, it appears to be clear which of these two teams wants this championship more. The Celtics have played with a unity and desire to win that the Lakers have not shown. The Celtics seem to be rallying around their captain, Paul Pierce. After being down 5 at half time in Game 1, Paul Pierce started the spark that gave them the lead, and then when he was hurt the team rallied in his absence. When he returned it gave an emotional boost. I believe that this team lives and dies with Paul Pierce. As good as Kevin Garnett is, I feel that Pierce is the heart and soul.

So far in the series Pierce is shooting 62% from the field and 88% from behind the arc and is averaging 25 points per game. With KG getting a double-double in both games, Ray Allen averaging 18 points per game, and Rajon Rondo averaging 12 assists, this team is hitting on all cylinders. And I have yet to even mention Game 2’s player of the game, Leon Powe, who came in off of the bench and scored a staggering 21 points on only 15 minutes of action in last night’s game.

The Celtics have shown in Game 1 that they can come back from being down, and finish out a game strong to win and then showed in Game 2 that they can get a lead early and hold onto it despite a 4th quarter run by the Lakers. They have also shown that they can either contain Kobe Bryant and take him off of his rhythm and win, or that they can still win when Bryant has a 30 point performance.

From here on out the Celtics can have a losing record and still be world champions, and with the way they seem to be clicking I don’t see them losing game 3, and no team in NBA history has come back in the finals to win when facing a 3-0 deficit, and unless I’m mistaken I believe only one team has even come back to even force a Game 7. With that said, it sure is looking positive for the Celtics, especially if they can win tomorrow.

The King vs The Boston Three Party

As you very well may know, in the second round of the NBA playoffs the Cleveland Lebrons will be taking on the Boston Celtics. This is an intriguing matchup on many levels in my eyes. At first glance it seems that Lebron will be out matched. However if you look at the 4 times the teams met each other in the regular season you’ll see that they split the games at 2 to 2 and one of Boston’s wins came in a game in which Lebron did not play. So in reality, Lebron is 2-1 vs the Celtics this year.

In these three games against the Celtics Lebron has averaged 32.3 points, 7 boards, 9.7 assists, 2.3 steals, and 1.3 blocks. Those are some pretty good numbers on most any standard. The other four starters on his team, Delonte West, Devin Brown, Ben Wallace and Zydrunas Ilgauskas total for an average of 42.8 points, 28 rebounds, 10.6 assists, 0.75 steals, and 3.75 blocks.

On the other side of things, the Big 3 (Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen) have totaled to average 52.6 points, 16.5 rebounds, 11.8 assists, 5 steals and 1.92 blocks. While the other two starters for the Celtics, Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins, combined to average 19.6 points, 10.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.25 blocks.

In total, Cleveland’s starting five average 75.1 points, 35 rebounds, 20.3 assists, 3.08 steals and 5.08 blocks. While Boston’s starting five average 72.2 points, 27 rebounds, 18.1 assists, 7.5 steals and 3.17 blocks. So despite the fact that this matchup is indeed The King vs The Big 3, with starting 5 stats being so close, I believe the outcome of this series will come down to bench play.

Even though the Celtics are dangerous, and very talented, their play in the first round made me skeptical. If they play weak defense against Lebron like they did against the Hawks, then he will tear them apart. I’m picking the Cleveland Lebrons in 6.

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